The Show Must Go On – 6 Musicians Who Carried On Regardless

Accidents happen to everyone – but if you’re a musician and you have an accident while you’re on stage strutting your stuff, what are you going to do? Give up? No! These people paid to hear you play! The show must go on, they say, and these musicians took the message to heart.

Dave Grohl Breaks a Leg

At a Foo Fighter’s gig last month in Gothenburg, frontman Dave Grohl fell off stage into the gap between the stage and audience. “I think I just broke my leg,” he announced in a surprisingly calm tone. “I’m going to go to hospital. I’m going to fix my leg. And then I’m going to come back!”

The band carried on, with Taylor Hawkins assuming vocal duties, until Grohl was wheeled back on stage with his leg bandaged up to complete the show. Sadly, the injury was too severe for the tour to be unaffected, and the Foo Fighters missed their slot at Glastonbury as a result.

Beyonce Gets Too Close to Her Fans

At a show in Montreal, Beyonce stepped down from the stage to get close to her fans. Unfortunately, she also got a little too close to a fan of a different kind, getting her hair caught in the rotating blades. Somehow, she managed to continue without missing a single note whilst her entourage cut her free!

Madonna’s Too Attached to Her Cape

What’s worse than taking a fall during a live show? Taking a fall during a live show that’s also televised. Back in February, Madonna’s costume issues at the Brit Awards were broadcast to the nation. The choreography called for the dancers to pull the cape free, but when 56-year old Madge failed to get the neck ties undone in time, she had the choice of being strangled or falling to the floor. She did get back up again and pick up her song, and let’s face it, a tumble like that would have winded any of us!

The Edge Misses the Edge

Just a couple of months ago, in Vancouver, U2 were performing their hit song “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” when guitarist The Edge… fell off the edge of the stage. Despite the fact that it was lined with bright yellow lights. Perhaps that’s what he should have been looking for? (Sorry, the jokes practically write themselves with this one…) Fortunately, it was right at the end of the show, the band could carry on the song without him, and he only got grazed arms for his trouble.

Michael Buble Hits the Mic


Of course, if you must suffer a mishap on stage, the ideal is to ensure that your audience don’t even know. That was the trick that crooner Michael Buble pulled off in Sydney last year, when he somehow managed to knock a front tooth out with his microphone during his second song. He kept singing, and nobody had a clue until he announced it on social media the following day!

Enrique Iglesias Fights Drones

Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias decided, for some unknown reason, to grab a drone which was filming his show in Tijuana, Mexico, and suffered a serious cut to his finger as a result. Rather than call the show off, he continued, making something of a bloody mess of his shirt in the process.

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